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166  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 25, 2011, 09:25:14 am
We use a Brake Buddy in our HHR.  With the dash monitor, you can see when it activates, which is rarely.  But its a secure feeling when it does.  On our last trip, we were driving in front of a row of parked RVs at a Flying J.  All of a sudden a car came busting through a vacant parking spot between two of the parked RVs, using the open parking spot as a shortcut on the way out.  I hit brakes hard almost hitting him.  Theres no doubt in my mind that there would have been a collision without the supplement braking.

Another observation.  How often do you see folks towing full-size cars, trucks and SUVs with a non-diesel motorhome?  Im pretty sure most of these folks are exceeding the recommended towing capacity.  But even if not, the biggest risk is braking.  Ive read that its against the law in Canada to tow without a brake assist.  I believe should be in the U.S. too.  Buy a lightweight toad and use a brake assist.  I like the Brake Buddy.  Simple to install, works well, and it easily transferred we traded for new tow car.  Also, I personally dont feel you need to pay extra for proportional braking.  With careful driving and braking, it rarely comes on.  But when it does
167  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con electrical schematic on: April 25, 2011, 08:18:53 am
Our Sani-Con quit while traveling.  The On/Off switch was exposed behind the panel (exposed to weather).  I simply replaced the switch and coated it with weatherproof gel.  Weatherproofing as explained by rmmpe would probably be better.

By the way, our step starting going in and out on its own while traveling.  Same problem.  The switch on the door was exposed to weather.  Same solution.
168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oxidation on: April 15, 2011, 12:47:53 pm
Thanks, for the replies.  Our PC is stored outside.  But what concerns me is that we picked it up new in December, 2010 and has never been driven on roads with salt.  In fact, accept for the trip from the factory, it hasnt been driven at all until two months ago.  As for salt air, we live in Ohio no salt air here.  And our 2007 PC never had this kind of oxidation, even after four years.  Doesnt look promising.  sad
169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Oxidation on: April 15, 2011, 08:11:35 am
Weve owned our new PC less than six months and already have oxidation problems.  As per picture, the chrome on the spare tire cover latch is oxidizing and the chrome covers where the door assist handle attaches are doing the same thing.  Also, the eight screws on the ladder hinges have flat-out rusted.  How to fix?
170  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: storage solutions on: March 29, 2011, 04:15:40 pm
Attached are pics of the storage containers I have used for the past four years.  Larger containers, $3 at Dollar General; smaller containers, $1 at Dollar General.  Inexpensive and effective.  Also the tool box shown fits well, $15.49 at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IOAJ04.
171  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magne Shades on: March 25, 2011, 10:41:04 am
Weve had motorhomes for over 25 years.  During that time, weve gone through a lot of the wrap-around vinyl window covers.  In our experience, they only last about two years, three years tops.  Then they turn brittle and yellow, crack, and curl at the edges.  Then three years ago we experienced some high winds.  The flapping magnetic corners damaged the paint and the Velcro straps at the mirrors broke.  Also, theyre a bit of a pain to put on.  We did take a vinyl cover with us camping once years ago.  It made the cab area very dark and, of course, you cant see out the front window.  We never did that again.  If Im inside, I enjoy sitting in the recliner watching all the activity outside including at night while watching TV since no one can really see me.

For us at least, the Magna Shades solves all those problems.  Theyre easy to install, keep the coach cool, look great (especially the black color), and you can see through them.  And most important of all, my wife loves them.  Plus, since they will also mount inside, theyll work when storing the coach.  Also, Im confident theyll last as long, and probably longer, than well own this coach.  At bedtime, we just pull the front curtains as we always have for the past four years in our prior PC.  Frankly, I dont understand the problem with the curtains.  You can open or close them in less than 30 seconds and they work well.

In the end, of course, its what ever works best for you that counts.
172  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magne Shades on: March 23, 2011, 09:59:58 am
At night, you can see through from outside depending on the inside lighting. With low light and the TV on, you can see only dim shapes. With overhead lights on, you can see inside fairly well, though darkened. I still close the front curtain at night. Dont want to show off for the ladies puttin my jammies on. Blush
173  Main Forum / General Discussion / Magne Shades on: March 22, 2011, 02:28:25 pm
With some hesitation, we bought the Magne Shades that PC is now offering when we picked up our new PC in December:

http://phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php?topic=314.msg1491#msg1491

But we wouldnt hesitate again. They do look good and, as advertised, dramatically reduce heat in the cabin, especially when facing in the sun. And you can see out but no one can see in. Plus we found a couple of additional benefits. You can put the driver and passenger side windows down with the shades on and get a breeze through the cab area. The result is absolutely no difference in temperature in the cab area from the rest of the coach.

And when storing the coach, the covers will mount inside the windows (with a little effort for the front cover). Theres just enough metal on the doors for the side window shades to hold at the top. For the front window, the two top magnets will hold the cover along with the sun visors, tucking the bottom in along the dashboard. That way, no exterior cover is needed when storing the coach. I added heavy duty adhesive felt pads on the inside of the two top window magnets to help when removing the cover from the inside because the magnets are very, very strong. The initial installation is straight forward. Putting them on and removing them is easy and quick. Heres a YouTube video installing on a Class A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO5KOwlH8ms&feature=related

On the Ford, however, only four magnets are needed one on each corner even simpler.
174  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spell checker on: March 20, 2011, 06:54:59 pm
Im on the same list: Worlds Worst Spellers.  I always compose my replies in MS Word, then copy and paste. Now no mispellings! Whoops, I mean, no misspellings.
175  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What Portable Gas Grill Do You Carry Along? on: March 12, 2011, 12:45:28 pm
I also use the Weber Baby Q.  Its the only portable grill Ive found that gets hot enough to grill steaks.  It heats quickly and evenly, and you can close the lid while grilling.  I have the Weber Baby Q, the rolling duffle bag to store it in, and the rolling cart to set it on for grilling.  It all fits easily in the back of our Chevy HHR tow car along with towing accessories, our Brake Buddy, beach umbrella & chairs with lots of room spare to go for groceries at Walmart.  Like anything you can buy somewhere else other than Camping World, its almost always cheaper usually at Amazon.
176  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Brake Buddy on: March 09, 2011, 08:34:40 pm
I agree with the Brake Buddy.  We have an older one, about 10 years old, and it still works great.  It doesnt have proportional braking, but if you drive sensibly, it rarely comes on anyway.  No need to pay extra for a model with proportional braking since were not (or shouldnt be) towing heavy toads.
177  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling jacks and weight limits? on: March 03, 2011, 07:13:51 am
We have a slide and jacks.  We have had jacks on our last three motorhomes (15 years).  Wouldnt be without them.  Pull into your campsite and your level within minutes.  Equally important, youre stable no rocking when moving inside or when its windy.  And you get a lot of the cost back anyway when you sell. Win, win, win.
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 12:06:59 pm
Ron, as for the antenna amplifier, I was responding to the original post by glenncc.  I believe that problem is the amplifier.  As for the rest, were sometimes in our PC for one to two months at a time, often stationary, so I like roof access.  I regularly clean the vent cover screens.  Even with vent covers, debris gets on top of the vent screens.  Also, personally, I wouldnt lean a ladder against the PC.  Just personal preferences
179  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 10:48:23 am
Im pretty sure your problem is that the antenna amplifier is not turned on (where the TV cable plugs in).  Our new 3100 gets over 30 channels (between Cincinnati and Dayton).  It gets none with the antenna amplifier off.  Rotating the antenna probably helps in some areas, but here, the reception is the same regardless of antenna direction.  And the Samsung HD TV is terrific.  On our Route 66 trip, http://www.mytripjournal.com/HistoricRoute66 in our prior 2900, we got TV reception everywhere except Meteor Crater RV Park in Winslow, AZ (no cable either wouldnt stay there again).  We used an analog-digital converter then.  Although a bit of a hassle to search for channels, but we never had a problem.  Also, we were on some fairly rough roads on Route 66 and never experienced noise from the antenna.  In fact in 30 years of RVing in motorhomes, we have never noticed noise from an antenna. 

As for a ladder, I wouldnt want to be without one.  Im frequently on the roof recently installed vent covers.  I regularly check caulking for leaks and wash the roof.  The roof rack helps an old guy like me when getting on and off, and I think it adds to the looks of the coach.  In all the years weve owned motorhomes, weve never had a roof leak from the ladder, rack, antenna or anywhere else.  I do, however, keep a close watch on all the seals.  As for access to storage behind the ladder, I removed all the hooks, anchors and straps, and store our chairs there, so Im not in it too often.  I keep all hoses and electric cords in the storage area under the 3100 slideout.

Check the antenna amplifier and youll get good reception.
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Manual Awning leg mount to PC. on: January 05, 2011, 12:36:42 pm
I had the factory install the brackets, no charge, shortly after we bought our 2007 model 2900.  Attached is a pic (now for sale at the factory we bought a new 3100).  As you can see in the picture, the factory installed them at the very bottom of the coach body.  One bracket to the right of the entry door and one below the rear storage door.  They simply used a small wood block behind the fiberglass body.  Worked great.
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